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Edward Orsborn Professorship of US Politics and Political History

The Rothermere American Institute seeks applicants for the newly established and endowed Edward Orsborn Professorship of US Politics and Political History. The Professor will be the Director of the Rothermere American Institute and a Fellow of University College.

The holder of the Orsborn Professorship will teach American politics and history to undergraduates, supervise postgraduate studies, and publish world-class research on the politics and political history of the United States. The post is named in honour of Edward Orsborn, a distinguished and much-loved headteacher and writer who received an OBE for services to education in 1974.

Applicants should visit the University of Oxford's recruitment website here.

The endowment of the Orsborn Professorship has been made possible by gifts of exceptional generosity from an anonymous benefactor who studied American politics as part of the undergraduate PPE course, from the Rothermere Foundation, and from alumni of University College. The RAI is deeply grateful to all those whose generosity has helped ensure that the study of the United States continues to flourish at Oxford University.

Congress to Campus Assistant (temporary, casual appointment, £15.10/hour)

The RAI seeks to engage a part-time assistant to facilitate the Institute’s organisation of its Congress to Campus programme in March 2019. Each year, Congress to Campus is the centrepiece of the RAI’s programme to engage wider audiences in the politics, history, and literature of the United States. 

Congress to Campus brings two former members of the US Congress to the UK on week-long visits in March and November to discuss American politics with secondary school pupils and with undergraduate and graduate students at university campuses and schools across the country. Each year, the programme brings 1,800 young people into contact with the former members, who in recent years have included Bart Gordon (D-TN, 1985-2011), Jim McDermott (D-WA, 1989-2017), Randy Neugebauer (R-TX, 2003-2017), and Cliff Stearns (R-FL, 1989-2013). The RAI organises the programme jointly with the British Library’s Eccles Centre for American Studies, with the kind assistance of the US Embassy in London. 

The Assistant’s duties will include:

  • Liaising with the Eccles Centre and the Association of Former Members of Congress on the former members’ arrival and departure from the UK in March 2019 and their travel itinerary during their visit;
  • Working with partner schools and universities to organise the schedule for the week-long visit in March; 
  • Attending at least one day of the November 2018 Congress to Campus programme (held at the British Library and at venues outside London) to familiarise themselves with the event;
  • Accompanying the former members throughout their week-long visit commencing Sunday 3rd March 2019. This will require travel within the UK (costs will be paid by the Institute) and attendance at evening events and dinners.

This will be a casual appointment for a maximum of 12 weeks; the postholder will not be an employee of the University. 

The rate of pay is £15.10 per hour worked (equivalent to grade 6.1 of the University’s salary structure) and the RAI expects that the Assistant will spend approximately 100 hours on the project, with most of the time commitment during Congress to Campus in March 2019. Office space will be available for the duration of the work period.

The postholder will need to demonstrate that they have the right to work in the UK.

Selection criteria:

  • Excellent organisational skills, including the ability to prioritise effectively, and a keen attention to detail
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, and the ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of people both in writing and face-to-face
  • Knowledge of and interest in American politics, particularly relating to the US Congress. 

How to apply:

Applications should consist of a CV and cover letter, setting out how the applicant meets the selection criteria, and should be sent to Dr Halbert Jones, Director, Rothermere American Institute, 1a South Parks Road, OX1 3UB, or by email to midday on Monday 15th October.

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